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Herta, Rahal puzzled by O’Ward’s restart pace, Palou less so

Both Colton Herta and Graham Rahal expressed surprise at how easily Detroit Race 2 winner O’Ward was able to pass them, but Alex Palou says he and the Ganassi team believe they’ve figured it out.

Newgarden: “Hard not to be disappointed” to dominate and lose

Josef Newgarden says he feels “pretty sad” to have led 67 of 70 laps in the second race of the Detroit Grand Prix and lose out to the charging Patricio O’Ward.

O’Ward dedicates Detroit win to Rosenqvist and Ojjeh

Patricio O’Ward dedicated his victory in the second Detroit Grand Prix race to his injured teammate Felix Rosenqvist, and McLaren’s longtime partner Mansour Ojjeh who died this week.

Detroit IndyCar: O’Ward's late charge defeats Newgarden

Patricio O’Ward scored his second IndyCar win of the year, the Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet driver charging forward after two late restarts to beat dominant polesitter Josef Newgarden of Team Penske.

Detroit IndyCar: Newgarden takes pole, Ferrucci shunts Detroit
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Detroit IndyCar: Newgarden takes pole, Ferrucci shunts

Josef Newgarden brought some joy to Team Penske-Chevrolet this weekend with the 12th pole position of his career, but Santino Ferrucci drilled the concrete with the front-left corner of his Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda.

Oliver Askew to replace Rosenqvist in Race 2 at Belle Isle

Oliver Askew will replace Felix Rosenqvist in the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet Sunday at Belle Isle.

Ericsson's Detroit win is what he worked at for eight years

Marcus Ericsson says his first thought when he saw Will Power’s car fail to re-fire on pitlane at the Detroit GP was, “This is my day, this is the day I've been working eight years [for].”

Rosenqvist remains in hospital overnight after Detroit shunt

Felix Rosenqvist will be held overnight at DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital following his huge crash in the first race of IndyCar’s Detroit Grand Prix.

Power blows up at “dumb decisions” by IndyCar

Will Power erupted at IndyCar’s race control after he was robbed of victory in Detroit when his car failed to start after the second red-flag period.

Detroit IndyCar: Ericsson scores first win, Power robbed Detroit
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Detroit IndyCar: Ericsson scores first win, Power robbed

Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda’s Marcus Ericsson became the fourth new winner in IndyCar this year, after longtime leader Will Power’s ECU cooked when the race went under its second red flag.

Huge shunt for Rosenqvist halts IndyCar race at Detroit

IndyCar has red-flagged the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Race 1 following Felix Rosenqvist’s heavy accident at Turn 6.

Detroit IndyCar: O’Ward beats Rossi, Grosjean to Race 1 pole

Pato O’Ward of Arrow McLaren SP-Chevy earned his second pole of the season, edging two former F1 drivers Alexander Rossi and rookie Romain Grosjean in qualifying for Race 1 of the Detroit GP double-header.

Johnson: “Nothing got me ready” for Detroit in an IndyCar Detroit
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Johnson: “Nothing got me ready” for Detroit in an IndyCar

NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson has admitted the intricacies of the Belle Isle track in Detroit can’t be learned on a simulator.

Power wants fights off the track, no “wankers” on the track Detroit
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Power wants fights off the track, no “wankers” on the track

Will Power says vengeance is coming for the driver who held him up in practice, and suggests fighting is the way for disputes to be settled.

Detroit IndyCar: Power tops practice as Chevrolet goes 1-2-3 Detroit
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Detroit IndyCar: Power tops practice as Chevrolet goes 1-2-3

Will Power headed Sebastien Bourdais and Pato O’Ward in an entertaining practice session ahead of IndyCar’s only double-header.

O’Ward: How to beat Dixon to the championship is no mystery

Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet drivers Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist say there’s no magic to beating IndyCar’s “master of consistency” Scott Dixon across a championship season.

IndyCar’s Detroit GP – facts, figures, schedule, entry list

All you need to know ahead of the seventh and eighth rounds of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series – the double-header Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, around Belle Isle Park.

Palou to suffer six-place grid penalty at Detroit Detroit
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Palou to suffer six-place grid penalty at Detroit

NTT IndyCar Series points leader Alex Palou will start six places behind wherever he qualifies for the first of the Detroit Grand Prix races this weekend.

GP St. Pete extends contract through 2026 and sets dates

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will remain on the NTT IndyCar Series schedule at least through 2026, following an extension by the city council.

Ferrucci returns to Detroit, where he made his IndyCar debut Detroit
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Ferrucci returns to Detroit, where he made his IndyCar debut

Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda will run a third entry for Santino Ferrucci in IndyCar’s double-header at the Detroit Grand Prix this weekend.

IndyCar and IMSA Chevrolet Detroit GP – weekend schedule

The seventh and eighth rounds of the NTT IndyCar Series and fourth round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship are held this weekend at Belle Isle, Detroit. Here’s the schedule.

Frye: IndyCar’s blue-flag procedure “being looked at”

IndyCar president Jay Frye says the series will examine its rules regarding blue flags, following leading runners expressing their frustration over the behavior of backmarkers.

Johansson “not overly concerned” by Rosenqvist’s struggles

Felix Rosenqvist’s manager, Stefan Johansson says it’s mainly a combination of misfortune and the “insanely close” 2021 NTT IndyCar Series that has stymied his protégé’s progress in 2021.

IndyCar’s 2.4-liter hybrids to start testing in early 2022

Chevrolet and Honda will begin testing their 2023 IndyCar engines next spring, as the series takes aim at the 900hp mark with its next-gen units.

Big Machine to sponsor IndyCar’s August race at IMS

Big Machine Vodka Spiked Coolers will become the title sponsor of the NTT IndyCar Series’ race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course in August.

Indy 500 has its highest viewing figures in five years Indy 500
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Indy 500 has its highest viewing figures in five years

NBC has revealed that Sunday’s 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 saw a 51 percent increase in viewership over the delayed August 2020 edition.

Castroneves: How I kept it under control to make Indy 500 history

Helio Castroneves’ overwhelming vivaciousness outside the cockpit belies a hardcore racer who knows how to plot his moves – and then recall it all for us. A day after his fourth Indy 500 win, Helio explained his tactics to David Malsher-Lopez.

How 'chess master' Castroneves cemented his Indy legend status

Helio Castroneves joined AJ Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears with the most Indianapolis 500 wins after sweeping around the outside of Alex Palou on the penultimate lap in a thrilling climax. In one race, he validated Michael Shank's and Jim Meyer's faith in him, and Helio himself discovered there's life after Penske after all.

ECR's Indy 500 bid unravels after leading the most laps Indy 500
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ECR's Indy 500 bid unravels after leading the most laps

Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay and Conor Daly said they loved leading their first laps at the Indianapolis 500, but issues in the second half stopped them challenging for the win.

Rahal's missed shot at Indy 500 win "is going to sting" Indy 500
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Rahal's missed shot at Indy 500 win "is going to sting"

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver Graham Rahal says his exit from the 2021 Indianapolis 500 is "going to sting for a while" after the American crashed out due to a loose rear wheel.

O’Ward: “We just weren’t fast enough” to win Indy 500 Indy 500
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O’Ward: “We just weren’t fast enough” to win Indy 500

Pato O’Ward says there’s “more to be done” at his Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet team if he is to contend for victory in next year’s Indianapolis 500 after he finished fourth on Sunday.

Helio just gave me 10 more years of my career, says Pagenaud Indy 500
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Helio just gave me 10 more years of my career, says Pagenaud

The 2019 Indy winner Simon Pagenaud says Helio Castroneves’ victory in today’s Indy 500 has elongated his own IndyCar career by proving the elder generation still has what it takes.

Palou: “I didn’t expect second place would hurt that much” Indy 500
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Palou: “I didn’t expect second place would hurt that much”

Indy 500 runner-up Alex Palou says he’s proud of his performance but that it “hurts a lot” to fall half a second short of beating Helio Castroneves for victory.

Indy winner Castroneves: “I’ve still got it, don’t you think?” Indy 500
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Indy winner Castroneves: “I’ve still got it, don’t you think?”

Indy 500’s newest four-time winner Helio Castroneves used NBC’s TV broadcast to take a swipe at the regular talk of the current youth movement in IndyCar racing.

Indy 500: Castroneves beats Palou, scores famous fourth win Indy 500
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Indy 500: Castroneves beats Palou, scores famous fourth win

Helio Castroneves has become the fourth four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 after his Meyer Shank Racing-Honda finished half a second ahead of Alex Palou’s Chip Ganassi Racing entry in a tense duel in the closing laps.

The 33-car line-up for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500

On Sunday at 12.45pm ET, the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 gets underway at the hallowed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. These are the 33 IndyCars that will take the green.

Penske hopes for “full house” at 2022 Indy 500

Roger Penske says he hopes today’s 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 will “help our country moving forward” as it recovers from the effects of the COVID pandemic.

BorgWarner honors Al Unser, celebrates two of four Indy wins

Indy car legend Al Unser has been presented with a ‘Baby Borg’ to honor his two Indianapolis 500 victories in the Vel’s Parnelli Jones “Johnny Lightning Special” entries. David Malsher-Lopez reports.

Confident Pagenaud thrilled by car: “She’s a beauty!” Indy 500
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Confident Pagenaud thrilled by car: “She’s a beauty!”

2019 Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud reckons despite Team Penske’s struggles in qualifying, he can charge forward in tomorrow’s 105th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Dixon, Power at odds over desired weather for Indy 500

Scott Dixon and Will Power are hoping for different weather and track conditions as they tackle the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 from opposite ends of the grid.

2021 Indy 500 Pace Car: What is it and who’s driving it?

Regardless of who’s competing, there’s always one car that leads at the Indy 500 – the pace car. Find out what it is, who’s driving and more.

Penske, Shell aim to drive decarbonization, sustainability
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Penske, Shell aim to drive decarbonization, sustainability

Shell Oil Company, the Penske Corporation and Team Penske have announced a strategic collaboration to reduce emissions “across multiple touchpoints in their supply chains” and to reduce IndyCar’s carbon footprint.

2022 Indianapolis 500 logo is revealed

The logo for next year’s 106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge features the legendary winner’s wreath.

Indy 500: Ganassi, Penske lead final practice on Carb Day

Pole-winner Scott Dixon topped the near-two hours of action that IndyCar was able to squeeze in before the rain returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the final day of practice before Sunday’s Indy 500.

How much money does the Indy 500 winner receive? Prize purse explained Indy 500
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How much money does the Indy 500 winner receive? Prize purse explained

The Indianapolis 500 is a race like no other and packs one of the richest prizes in all of motorsports.

Carpenter: Rinus VeeKay is a “championship-caliber driver”

Team owner/driver Ed Carpenter says that the only thing missing from Rinus VeeKay’s armory is experience.

Indy 500: How many cars race, how long is it, where is it & more Indy 500
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Indy 500: How many cars race, how long is it, where is it & more

The Indy 500 is known as the “greatest spectacle in racing” and sees drivers race at speeds well in excess of 220mph just inches apart for 500 miles, but how many cars race, how long does it last and has there ever been a race without a caution? Find out below.

Star of “Art of racing in the rain” to be honorary Indy starter

Milo Ventimiglia, an Emmy nominated actor, as well as a director and producer, will serve as honorary starter for the 105th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

Indy 500 reaches its restricted-capacity crowd limit Indy 500
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Indy 500 reaches its restricted-capacity crowd limit

Indianapolis Motor Speedway has revealed that it has reached its 40 percent venue capacity, and that there will be no delay in TV broadcast in the local area.

Brown: Montoya is “contributing to everybody” at Arrow McLaren SP

Juan Pablo Montoya’s presence at Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet for the Indianapolis 500 has helped boost the team as a whole, says McLaren CEO Zak Brown.

Power: I’d give up my 2018 Indy 500 prize money to win again

Team Penske’s Will Power says he would give up all his winnings from the 2018 Indianapolis 500 “in a heartbeat” if it meant he could win America’s biggest open-wheel race again this weekend.

Andretti has “thought about” quitting IndyCar if he wins Indy 500

Marco Andretti has admitted retiring from IndyCar is a possibility should he win the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

Dixon: “We haven’t seen a true picture” in Indy 500 practice

Indianapolis 500 pole-winner Scott Dixon says that practice days have only revealed so much and that no one truly knows the competitiveness of their cars, outside of their teams.

Brown praises IndyCar, believes TV data can be improved

McLaren CEO Zak Brown reckons the racing in IndyCar is “awesome” but believes the information relayed to TV viewers could be enhanced.

F1 drivers who won the Indy 500

The Indy 500 is called ‘the greatest spectacle in racing’, but how many Formula 1 drivers have taken it on and won?

Fittipaldi receives fastest Indy 500 rookie qualifier award

Pietro Fittipaldi has received his Fastest Rookie qualifier award from the 2012 winner of the accolade, Josef Newgarden, after qualifying an impressive 13th last Saturday.

Every Indy 500 pace car and its driver, 1911 to 2021

Danica Patrick is the latest in a long roll-call of celebrities and/or motorsport figures to drive the pace car and lead the eleven rows of three to the green flag.

How did the Indy 500’s Borg-Warner Trophy become an icon?

When a driver wins the Indianapolis 500, he doesn’t just put his name in the record books: he gets his effigy in sterling silver on the world’s most iconic sports trophy.

IndyCar and IMSA paddocks to reopen to Detroit fans

Fans at the Detroit Grand Prix will have access to the Detroit Grand Prix next month, as restrictions at outdoor venues in Michigan ease on June 1.

Why does the Indy 500 winner drink milk? A tradition explained

The race-winner drinking milk – or drenching himself in it – is one of the many iconic images from the Indianapolis 500, but how did the tradition start?